I intend to start travelling next year with the good lady and am wondering which caravan parks around the country have good rail spotting locations. I want to be able to mysteriously turn up without the good lady realizing that I have a cunning plan.
When she wakes to it, prepare for a thick ear !
Shoreline Caravan Park. Port Augusta.
Well equiped waterfront cabins with verandahs facing Spencer Gulf with Spencer Yard on the other side of the water about 200m away.
Stirling North - run by an ex railwayman.
In the same region as the previous two posters :
The Brook Caravan Park @ Crystal Brook
Intermodal trains, ore trains, grain trains, Ghan, IP ... etc
Thanks for the tips, also Mrs Kenify has slept through an earthquake, so a couple of trains rolling through shouldn't disturb her. Any other tips out there?
I don't think that Valvegear literally means "wakes up".
He means more "when she works out how you selected the campsites".
Delorane in Tasmania. I was going to camp for two nights..........ended up staying a whole week. My tent was literally 10 metres from the railway line! There's a lot of un-rail related stuff in the area to keep the missus happy too.
Junee Tourist Park is close to the branch and grain terminal so if there is a grain lift on there can be lots of movements. Loco's have to use the nearby level crossing to run around the train so there can be plenty of warning to set up for a photograph.
Lithgow Caravan Park - beside main western line. Gets all the coalies as well as the occasional intermodal to Blalney. Dubbo and grain trains from Manildra.
Bump, all useful suggestions, any more options? We start our travels in Jul.
Lake Liddell camping ground in the Hunter Valley.
The most frustrating of all time was Painters Island Caravan Park at Wangaratta. You could hear every train very clearly about 200 metres away, and couldn't see a thing.
Emu Plains (Penrith) NSW is right next to the Main Western, but I wouldn't call it the best park in the land.
A list of parks and reports is here:
I dont know they will be specific in where the rail line is....